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Nick Papagiorgio
10-19-2015, 02:06 PM
They also raise a banner on Hitler's birthday every year, so I wouldn't use them for a good comparison.

Ha.

J.D.
10-19-2015, 06:48 PM
UND has also given up winning national titles. Getting to the FF has been their title! Wonder if they get over that 15 year hump with a different coach.

Agganis
10-20-2015, 09:14 AM
Who is dishing [Oksanen] the puck this year? ;)


That wasn't an answer! What kind of player is greenway? Seems to me like o'regan and oksanen are both more goal scorers than they are setup men.

Last year Ahti averaged 7.3 shot attempts per game. In the first two games this year he has 29(!) and the highest shots on goal per game played of any player in Hockey East.

There are a handful of reasons to be concerned about BU's offense this year. Not giving Ahti the puck in shooting areas enough could literally be the least of the team's concerns at this point.

Tater
10-20-2015, 09:22 AM
Last year Ahti averaged 7.3 shot attempts per game. In the first two games this year he has 29(!) and the highest shots on goal per game played of any player in Hockey East.


hockeyeastonline.com has Oksanan with 12 shots through 2 games.

Agganis
10-20-2015, 09:27 AM
hockeyeastonline.com has Oksanan with 12 shots through 2 games.

Shot attempts (on goal, wide, blocked): 29 vs shots on goal: 12.

Edit: For what it's worth he had 4.3 shots on goal per game last year and is currently at 6 shots on goal per game in this young season.

Tater
10-20-2015, 09:53 AM
Shot attempts (on goal, wide, blocked): 29 vs shots on goal: 12.

Edit: For what it's worth he had 4.3 shots on goal per game last year and is currently at 6 shots on goal per game in this young season.

Oh sorry. Yeah, Saturday night I saw a lot of shots wide from many players. # of shots attempted was insane.

brassbonanza
10-20-2015, 12:38 PM
Oh sorry. Yeah, Saturday night I saw a lot of shots wide from many players. # of shots attempted was insane.

Ahti's had plenty of opportunities. So far he's been snake-bitten, a few great chances gone wide, not getting good wood, stick broke, things like that. I'm not concerned that he won't come around and start potting a few of them, but Agganis is right, getting him the puck hasn't been the issue.

J.D.
10-20-2015, 12:47 PM
Last year Ahti averaged 7.3 shot attempts per game. In the first two games this year he has 29(!) and the highest shots on goal per game played of any player in Hockey East.

There are a handful of reasons to be concerned about BU's offense this year. Not giving Ahti the puck in shooting areas enough could literally be the least of the team's concerns at this point.

So do you expect him to put up the same goal total he hit last year? There is something to be said for the quality of the pass, how quickly the pass gets there, having the ability to find him in premiere scoring locations (vision), etc.

Agganis
10-20-2015, 01:22 PM
So do you expect him to put up the same goal total he hit last year? There is something to be said for the quality of the pass, how quickly the pass gets there, having the ability to find him in premiere scoring locations (vision), etc.

I don't predict he will score 25 goals this year, because going into the season there isn't a single HE skater I would predict would as it requires plenty of luck (there will probably be 1 or 2 who do, but predicting who they are is a losing proposition). However, his even strength shooting percent on the second line last year with Cason and Robbie as his primary linemates was over 13% (which FYI is very, very good) so his shot was not reliant on an Eichel set up.

defkit
10-20-2015, 02:59 PM
I think Ahti will end up wit 18-20 goals. Any more than that would be gravy. I just don't see this team putting up the offensive numbers they did last year, so most people will come down some.

Rogie21
10-20-2015, 03:50 PM
Ahti's had plenty of opportunities. So far he's been snake-bitten, a few great chances gone wide, not getting good wood, stick broke, things like that. I'm not concerned that he won't come around and start potting a few of them, but Agganis is right, getting him the puck hasn't been the issue.

Saturday night, he had a half-open goal on a power play and hit the side of the net? Does that count as a SOG? He also was a forechecking demon, intercepting passes to keep the play in the UW zone.

brassbonanza
10-20-2015, 07:02 PM
Saturday night, he had a half-open goal on a power play and hit the side of the net? Does that count as a SOG? He also was a forechecking demon, intercepting passes to keep the play in the UW zone.

Not a SOG but a shot attempt, which still factors into the numbers Agganis quotes.

Scarlet
10-23-2015, 10:50 AM
These 4pm starts are wreaking havoc with stuff I need to get done on Saturdays. Completely shortens my window to do a few things, things I can't get done during the week.

Darius
10-23-2015, 11:12 AM
These 4pm starts are wreaking havoc with stuff I need to get done on Saturdays. Completely shortens my window to do a few things, things I can't get done during the week.Departing the Whitt after 11PM on a February Friday after playing you guys is not something I am looking forward to either. Ironic that there are so many significantly inconvenient game start time changes in a year when overall television coverage has regressed.

Friend_of_BU_Hockey
10-23-2015, 02:11 PM
These 4pm starts are wreaking havoc with stuff I need to get done on Saturdays. Completely shortens my window to do a few things, things I can't get done during the week.

If I'm to put $ on it, I'd say most Saturday games next season will revert to a 7pm start. I'm not sure front-loading the schedule w/ 4pm Saturday games was the ideal way to "experiment". I know of numerous people who can't go tomorrow or to the Denver game b/c of the start time. Unfortunately I expect paltry attendance for both games (slightly north of 4K is my guess for each).

The biggest benefit (for me) is it opens up Saturday evenings for dinner plans post-game. But it does throw a wrench into getting things done on Saturday afternoons prior to a game.

Friend_of_BU_Hockey
10-23-2015, 02:17 PM
On a separate note, I noticed JJ Piccinich has 6-5-11 n his first 7 games in London. It appears he's on the top line w/ Matthew Tkachuk. Former recruit Kole Sherwood has 4-7-11 in his first 9 games for the Knights.

http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/stats/show/type/skaters/ls_season/54/ls_team/14

Sure Piccinich is playing against equal and younger talent in the OHL, but I wonder if he improved significantly enough during the offseason where he would've been a regular in the lineup at BU this season and grow into a bigger offensive contributor.

ericredaxe
10-23-2015, 02:31 PM
If I'm to put $ on it, I'd say most Saturday games next season will revert to a 7pm start. I'm not sure front-loading the schedule w/ 4pm Saturday games was the ideal way to "experiment". I know of numerous people who can't go tomorrow or to the Denver game b/c of the start time. Unfortunately I expect paltry attendance for both games (slightly north of 4K is my guess for each).

The biggest benefit (for me) is it opens up Saturday evenings for dinner plans post-game. But it does throw a wrench into getting things done on Saturday afternoons prior to a game.

I'd guess UConn isn't going to draw much more than 4K regardless of 4PM or 7PM.

The Halloween game is a bad day regardless of start time, but I also understand they are not going to have an empty Saturday during the season.

Personally I really like the 4PM games. I hope they keep some in the mix next season.

brassbonanza
10-23-2015, 03:11 PM
I'd guess UConn isn't going to draw much more than 4K regardless of 4PM or 7PM.

The Halloween game is a bad day regardless of start time, but I also understand they are not going to have an empty Saturday during the season.

Personally I really like the 4PM games. I hope they keep some in the mix next season.

I know you're a fan, but for a good number of people they're really annoying. It's an awkward time to start a game, as FOBUH and Scarlet said, it cuts the entire middle of the day out. So if you're travelling in, early afternoon plans aren't possible, if your kids have day activities then you likely can't make the game, or if you have weekend things you'd like to get done it throws a wrench into that. In some sense, I'd almost prefer a 1pm start to the 4pm as that would still leave a chunk of the afternoon as well as all of the evening. That said, I do hope they go back to primarily 7pm games.

Tater
10-23-2015, 03:19 PM
I know you're a fan, but for a good number of people they're really annoying. It's an awkward time to start a game, as FOBUH and Scarlet said, it cuts the entire middle of the day out. So if you're travelling in, early afternoon plans aren't possible, if your kids have day activities then you likely can't make the game, or if you have weekend things you'd like to get done it throws a wrench into that. In some sense, I'd almost prefer a 1pm start to the 4pm as that would still leave a chunk of the afternoon as well as all of the evening. That said, I do hope they go back to primarily 7pm games.

Since it's been brought up again, I am firmly in the 7pm camp also, partially for the reasons you mentioned. Aside from just enjoying the 7pm time and going out after, sometimes my work requires me to be in on a Saturday and a 4pm game time can be tricky. I also know someone who was going to get season tickets but didn't specifically because of all the 4pm games. His son plays youth hockey in the afternoons so we would have to miss all of those games.

Friend_of_BU_Hockey
10-23-2015, 03:47 PM
I know you're a fan, but for a good number of people they're really annoying. It's an awkward time to start a game, as FOBUH and Scarlet said, it cuts the entire middle of the day out. So if you're travelling in, early afternoon plans aren't possible, if your kids have day activities then you likely can't make the game, or if you have weekend things you'd like to get done it throws a wrench into that. In some sense, I'd almost prefer a 1pm start to the 4pm as that would still leave a chunk of the afternoon as well as all of the evening. That said, I do hope they go back to primarily 7pm games.

Initially I was quite receptive to 4pm games. However, the 4pm starts the next 3 Saturday home games are less than ideal for me.

- For tomorrow, I have something going on immediately prior to the game. Hopefully I can get to Agganis by 4pm but I wouldn't be shocked if I get there late.
- For the Denver and Providence games, I'll be traveling back from trips I'm on that week. It wouldn't be an issue if those games were 7pm, but the earlier start leaves me with little time after getting home before heading right back out to Agganis. Alternate option is to head straight to Agganis after arriving at Logan.

Also, if last Saturday's game was a 4pm start, I would've missed it due to a long-standing prior commitment.